Interactive rendering of real-time volumetric ultrasound images

Journal Article

Volumetric ultrasound imaging opens the door to a variety of diagnostic and interventional investigations. A key to the utility of volumetric ultrasound imaging is the ability to produce high quality displays of the target in real time as data is acquired. We propose a rendering technique that enables volumetric visualization of data with arbitrary geometry at real time rates. An image is generated by blending a set of slices of the volume data orthogonal to the viewing direction. Each sample in each slice is assigned a color and transparency as a function of the nearest voxel data. Finding the voxel associated with each pixel is accomplished efficiently using a precalculated volume look-up table, which converts from the Cartesian viewing coordinate system to the arbitrary (typically spherical) coordinate system of the volume data. The volume rendering technique uses off the shelf hardware and is shown to be fast and flexible. © 2004 IEEE.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bredthauer, GR; Von Ramm, OT

Published Date

  • December 1, 2004

Published In

  • 2004 2nd Ieee International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: Macro to Nano

Volume / Issue

  • 1 /

Start / End Page

  • 524 - 526

Citation Source

  • Scopus